Lawrence Phillips 1975-2016

Former football star Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his jail cell. Phillips was a star running back at the University of Nebraska, where he won back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995. The latter is often considered the best college football team ever assembled. Phillips was as well-known for his off-the-field problems, one of several troubled star players that legendary NU coach (and now ex-Congressman) Tom Osborne was accused of coddling.

Phillips played in the NFL for a few seasons, but was widely considered a bust. His legal troubles continued after he left football. In 2005, he ran over three teenagers with a stolen car after a pickup football game, and police found several outstanding warrants for various domestic assaults. He was sentenced to a total of 32 years for various charges relating to those incidents. In April 2015, his cellmate was found murdered. After discussing prison life in poignant letters to former coaches, he was charged with murder yesterday. His death is believed to be a suicide.

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